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Community marches to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, CBS 13, KECY) - The Yuma community took to the streets to spread the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the 32nd annual celebration to honor the civil rights leader.

The community marched for several blocks, holding signs honoring equality.

One of the marchers said she brought her daughter out to teach her that very message.
"It’s good to bring the children out so they can understand. They don’t really get taught what MLK is all about and what he actually marched about, so actually bringing her out here today and marching with us was a good experience,” said Jasmine, local mother.

Her daughter is learning that message at just nine years old.
"His children when they got older, they didn’t have to be judged by the color of their skin, but the act of their character,” said Courtney, Jasmine's daughter.
Once the march was over, community members joined together in song to celebrate the day.

Vice Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party Brian Rasmossen recited Dr. King's famous "I have a Dream" speech.

This was met by a message from keynote speaker Hazel Best Shaw.

“I decided to talk to you about staying the course for what he laid out there for us to do,” explained Best Shaw.

Her message was asking Yuma to do the right thing and continue to carry out the work of the civil rights leader.

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Ciara Encinas

Ciara Encinas is an Emmy award-winning multimedia journalist who joined the KYMA in May 2018.

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